The Marvel universe is overflowing with iconic heroes. Powerful people with a higher calling have inspired fans from the pages of comic books and on the screens of cinemas.
Captain Marvel does the latter, putting Brie Larson as the pilot (literally and figuratively) on the journey through another big screen superhero(ine) adventure. Warning, this review will contain spoilers.
Based on the Marvel Comics character Carol Danvers, this film is #21 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and was directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.
The movie opens up in 1995. Here, our heroine is known only as Vers and is a member of the Kree special operative group on a mission to rescue one of their own. The mission goes bad as a group of Skrulls, using alien shapeshifting abilities, overpower them and kidnap Vers. She continues to have reoccurring nightmares about an older woman.
After being probed for her memories, she managed to escape and flee to Los Angeles. In keeping with the 90s atmosphere, she lands through the roof of a Blockbuster. We’re sure if Marvel had started their cinematic dominance in this era, the movies would’ve been on the shelves somewhere. Even Radio Shack made an appearance, and the soundtrack was full of 90s gems.
After being confronted by none other than S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury, a mainstay in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she ends up being pursued. The early stages of the Marvel timeline are on full display here, as Fury has a decent hairline and two eyes – though he’d be on course to his iconic eyepatch by the end of the film.
With some help from Fury and his security clearance, Vers discovers she was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force but was thought dead in 1989. She was the victim of an accident involving an experimental energy engine, created by the woman who she has continual nightmares about. This is also where she learns of her real name.
But the biggest revelation about her fate lies in how the shapeshifters are perceived. Rather than being dangerous aggressors, they were refugees looking for a home. The group Danvers was with at the beginning, who was painted as a rescue team, were part of a larger movement to subjugate the Skrulls.
With help from some old friends, Danvers thwarts the real villains. Fury also takes a nasty cat scratch to the eye, though he may have inflated the story for future listeners.
Changing up her attire made her look even more Marvel-esque, but it wasn’t until she removed a Kree-installed limiting device and harnessed her full power that she really lit up the screen. Larson shined in the role, owning the screen during every appearance. While she demonstrated a sense of vulnerability viewers could relate to as she tried to understand her past, she also had enough strength to conquer everything from foes to fears.
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